The reality is... some times you need to.
"... so Ross, why are you telling us this?"
I'd be wondering the same thing...
Two weeks ago I created a "Warriors For Hire" thread for content writing. It cost me $20 - a price I'd PREFER not to pay. But I thought what the hell! I'm going in 2 days to China for 17 days and I figured it'd be "cool" to pay for a couple meals and such for a small amount of writing prior to my leaving.
Being confident in my writing ability, I charged a rather hefty amount as well. Not one of those $.01/word deals.
I ended up getting a couple happy bites... I mean buyers. The total amounts received were $25, $190, $75, and $125. And I wasn't even sure if I'd make back the initial $20!
The relationships with these individuals could even last longer, though not until I return back from China.
Point of the story is... if you're unsure whether to spend money to make money... do it. You've probably heard the famous phrase... "you've gotta spend money to make money". It's true.
Sure spending the $20 wasn't FUN, but making MORE than the $20 WAS.
If you're making a similar Warriors For Hire post, a couple tips.
1. Edit, re-edit, and re-re-edit your sales copy. If you can't spell correctly in your OWN copy, you probably can't for a client either.
2. If you don't have a reputation on here, realize people will be reluctant to pay large amounts to you. It takes time to build trust.
3. Don't underprice yourself. If you ARE indeed an excellent writer, it's worth the extra amount to people... at least to some people. However, if you're NOT good, don't OVERPRICE yourself. Start small, and build yourself up quality-wise.
Wish me luck on my trip to China! Never have been. I'm going with a friend for a "(college) graduation getaway" and I'm super excited. The friend has lived in China all of his life except for the past 3 college years.